Archive for February, 2010

Fairtrade Fortnight

February 26, 2010

Each year for Fairtrade Fortnight (22 Feb – 7 Mar), Fairtrade Mark Ireland invites guests from developing countries to share their first hand experiences of Fairtrade and to highlight the positive impact on their lives and in their community.

The Dock is delighted to host one of this years Fairtrade Fortnight guests, Hella Alikuru, for a lunchtime talk on Tuesday 2nd March at 1pm in the coffee shop.

Hella Alikuru is the Africa Region Coordinator for the International Union of Food & Agricultural Workers (IUF).

Although Fairtrade schemes have existed for years on some farms in Africa, the challenge has been how to use the premium funds to benefit the workers and enhance their participation in joint employer/worker bodies as they have little or no knowledge of the Fairtrade scheme. Hella co-ordinates co-ops in Uganda and Kenya and advises trade unions and workers all over Africa on their participation and their rights within the Fairtrade system so they can benefit from funds for such things as purchase of vehicles for transportation, computer training, infrastructure development, setting up savings and credit schemes etc.

So don’t miss this great opportunity to hear first hand about the impact of supporting Fairtrade and to enjoy a variety of samples of fair trade products. All are very welcome.


HURL YOURSELF – A Series of Taster Lectures

February 12, 2010

Home University Roscommon Leitrim (HURL) presents an open day in conjunction with World Community Arts Day on Wednesday the 17th of February in The Dock.

The program of events will provide an afternoon of stimulus for the mind. HURL resident professors and guests will provide a series of taster lectures and starting points for future discussion and collaborations.

“Taster Lectures” will run in 10 minute segments starting at 3:30. Some of the topics which will be covered are Understanding Film with Professor Colin McKeown, Local History with Professor John Cronogue, Collected Inspirations by Professor Dominic Stevens, Deeper Into Nothing by Professor Stephen Rennicks, A Reading from Thoreau’s Walking by Professor Willie Stewart, Research as Part of Practice by Professor Dan Chester amongst others.

Anyone and everyone is invited to come along and either simply listen or participate in general discussions.

This will be followed by a two hour interactive workshop on “Rethinking Suburban Housing Estates” facilitated by Professor Carol Anne Connelly and Professor Dominic Stevens. The workshop will allow participants to explore the full potential of “ghost estates.” The workshop will run from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please note, places in this particular workshop are limited and prior booking is essential. Contact Professor Connelly 087-7452586.

World Community Arts Day is an international undertaking now in its fourth year. It is billed as a day to “Be creative about an issue that you believe promotes caring and sharing.” For more information visit the webhub at

To find out more about HURL check out this video below